Friday, April 26, 2013

Ramp Cove Recap

Ramps as far as your eyes could see!  A virtual carpet of them covering the sides and floor of the cove lending their unique fragrance to the air around us.  That was the climax of our hike with Dan Rawlins on Tuesday the 23rd of April.

After fording Dismal Creek, we walked along next to it and were treated to a huge display of native plants.  We had lunch near a natural spring where Dan demonstrated the use of the LifeStraw.  "What is that?" you might ask.

"LifeStraw is a low-tech, low-hassle personal water filter that enables the user to simply stick one end into a water source of questionable cleanliness, such as a river, and suck."

"LifeStraw represents an amazing step towards a better world, where 43% of the global population, specially with low-income and living in rural parts of the developing world, is deprived of household safe piped water."

The entire day was a wonderful weaving of fine weather, excellent companionship, a diverse array of species and a bag of ramps to take home for dinner and/or breakfast.   It was also an excellent cardiovascular workout even though we only went 2.4 miles according to Dan.

Here is a list, compiled by the amazing Jean Hunnicutt with Dan Rawlins.  Following that are photos taken by the equally amazing David Fann and Karen Lawrence.  Enjoy!  Thanks to everyone for your contributions.

(In no particular order)
Pink Lady Slipper - 1 emerging          Cypripedium acaule
Rattlesnake Plantain                            pubescens
Cut-leaved Toothwort                         Dentaria laciniata
Robin’s Plantain / Fleabane                 Erigeron pulchellus
Slender Toothwort                              Dentaria heterophylla
Rue Anemone                                     Anemonlla thalictroides
Great Chickweed                                Stellaria pubera
Jack-in-the-Pulpit                                 triphyllum
Solomon’s Seal                                    biflorum
            Halberd-leaved                        Viola hastata
            Canada                                    Viola canadensis
            Long-spurred                          Viola rostrata
            + others
Foamflower                                         Tiarella cordifolia
Solomon’s Plume                                 Maianthemum racemosum
Twisted Stalk                                      Streptopus amplexifolius
Black Cohosh                                      Actaea racemosa
Blue Cohosh                                        Caulophyllum thalictroides
Hooked Buttercup                               Ranunculus recuratus
Vasey’s Trillium                                   Trillium vaseyi
Toad Trillium                                        Trillium sessile
Large-flowered Trillium                       Trillium grandiflorum
Yellow Mandarin                                 Disporum lanuginosum
Spring Beauty                                     Claytonia caroliniana
Dwarf Crested Iris                              Iris cristata
Bloodroot                                             Sanguinaria canadensis
Smartweed                                         Polygonum persicaria
Showy Orchids                                   Orchis spectabilis
Sweet Shrub                                       Calycanthus floridus
False Hellebore                                   Veratrum ciride
Yellowroot                                          Xanthorrhiza simplicissima
Squawroot                                          Conopholis americana
Trout Lily                                             Erythronium americanum
Perfoliate Bellwort                               Uvularia perfoliata
three species of bellwort, large-flower, sessile, and perfoliate
Early Meadow Rue                              Thalictrum dioicum
Sharp-lobed Hepatica                         Hepatica acutiloba
Clustered Snakeroot                           Sanicula gregaria
Wild Hydrangea                                   Hydrangea arborescens
Squirrel Corn                                       Dicentra canadensis
Dutchman’s Breeches                         Dicentra cucullaria
Mayapple                                             Podophyllum peltatum 
Umbrella Leaf                                      Diphylleia cymosa
RAMPS!                                               Allium tricoccum
indian cucumber root                            Medeola virginiana 

Maidenhair Fern                                  Adiantum pedatum                 
Rattlesnake Fern                                 Botryhium virginianum

Climb and attach to tree:
            Poison Ivy                                Rhus radicans
            Virginia Creeper                      Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Grow with the tree; do not attach:
            Grapevine                               Vitis
            Dutchman’s Pipe                      Aristolochia durior

Silverbell                                              Halesia tetraptera
Yellow Buckeye – huge                      Cladrastis kentukea
Tulip Poplar                                         Liriodendron tulipifera
Yellow wood                                      Cladrastis kentukea
Basswood tree                                   Tilia americana

Long-spurred violet (Viola rostrata)

Dutchman's Breeches; Dicentra cucullaria

Trout Lily; Erythronium umbilicatum

Wake Robin; Trillium erectum

Bear Corn/Squaw Root; Conopholis americana

Blue Cohosh; Caulophyllum thalictroides

Large-flowered Trillium; Trillium grandiflorum

Dutchman's Breeches

Twisted Stalk:  Streptopus roseus

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